Stolen laptop puts info of 11,500 patients at risk; IEEE and Continua team up for personal connected health;

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> A stolen laptop put info for 11,500 DaVita patients in Denver at risk, according to Health Data Management. The dialysis provider requires encryption, the article reports, but determined that the protection on the stolen laptop had been unintentionally deactivated. The company has implemented additional safeguards to prevent a reoccurrence. Article

> The IEEE Standards Association and the Continua Health Alliance are teaming up to develop plug-and-play connectivity for personal connected health, according to an announcement. "IEEE-SA and Continua are committed to proliferating open, standards-based medical device interoperability across the industry to promote improved outcomes through consumer self-management of health and wellness, create healthcare savings, and support the market for personal connected health devices, systems and services," the announcement states. Announcement

Mobile Healthcare News

> Partners HealthCare's Center for Connected Health in Boston has received a research grant from the McKesson Foundation's Mobilizing for Health initiative to develop an interactive mHealth program to improve medication adherence and clinical outcomes in patients with cancer using a smartphone app, according to an announcement. Article

Provider News

> Concerns over the rise in violence against healthcare workers in hospitals across the state and the country has led one Colorado hospital to install a mobile duress system. Forty-five Exempla St. Joseph Hospital employees now wear pendants around their necks, allowing them to signal for security during high-risk situations at just a touch of a button. The devices, given to staff who work in the emergency room, intensive care unit and behavioral-health units, allow for texting pre-set messages to security or setting off a general alarm for help. Article

And Finally... This guy is the antithesis of his name, sort of. Article

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